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Where did the English Sheep family come from? What is the English Sheep family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sheep family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sheep family history?

The saga of the name Sheep follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a mariner or as a ship-builder. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sheep were recorded, including Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheep research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1639 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Sheep History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheep Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sheep family emigrate to North America:

Sheep Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Launcelot Sheep, who landed in Maryland in 1646
  • Ellen Sheep, who arrived in Virginia in 1649

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The Sheep Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheep Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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